Open ocean

The government should consider making British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. subject to freedom of information requests. That's what the province's comptroller general recommended last week, in a report that found a need for greater transparency and accountability at the government-owned company.

But, if this recommendation sounds familiar to you, it should. Because greater greater transparency and accountability at BC Ferries is something the New Democrats, the ferry workers and the shipyard workers have demanded since the Crown corporation went private.

But the government has always brushed aside those demands. For example, three years ago, the premier told the legislature BC Ferries is "more open and accountable now than it has ever been before." And, when he was transportation minister, Kevin Falcon claimed BC Ferries' current level of oversight gives "far better protection to taxpayers" than there was when it was controlled by government.

Which explains why the Liberals must have been shocked to learn the company's president and chief executive officer David Hahn has a compensation package worth more than one million dollars. So now that the province's comptroller general has proven Gordon Campbell wrong, I want to know if government is going to do the right thing and act on the auditor general's recommendation.

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You write that "Liberals must have been shocked to learn the company's president and chief executive officer David Hahn has a compensation package worth more than one million dollars."

I presume you mean shocked that the number was made public rather than shocked at its magnitude. I cannot believe that Hahn's salary was unknown to the political overseers. Based on their history of truthiness, we can't rely on anything said by BC's mendacious Liberals.

There has been a game of salary leapfrog underway with senior crown executives for some time. Hahn had to clear Vic Poleschuk's $929,027 - in 2007 when he was discharged from BCLC - to gain present leadership, as far as we know anyway.

Now, people need to examine the Liberals' record of false statements about Olympic costs and benefits.

http://northerninsights.blogspot.com/2009/11/searching-for-gravy-train.html

Good fight, Sean, go get 'em!

I'm all for MORE FOIA, not less :-).

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